A site right in the heart of Clowne was given a whole new lease of life when Groundwork Creswell, Ashfield and Mansfield and Crestra joined forces with Clowne Parish Council.
Together they have worked with the local community to create a flagship outdoor skateboard park offering state-of-the-art facilities for local youngsters.
The park, named The Sidings, was the direct result of a close working partnership between Clowne Parish Council, Groundwork, Chesterfield College (who leased the land to the parish council) and the Bolsover District Council.
When an £86,000 grant was secured from Sport England, Clowne Parish Council engaged Crestra to carry out the work to create the skateboard park. Crestra was determined to create a top-class facility in Clowne and worked closely with local skateboarders and BMX riders to make sure that the design met their needs. The finished design incorporates wooden surfaced tracks, banks and ramps.
The project demonstrates Crestra’s ongoing committment to the communities it serves. Later phases to the project have included further landscaping around the site and the installation of a ‘youth shelter’ where people can safely gather and watch activities.
The success of the initial skate park has been such that Crestra is now in a position to with with the community to develop an exciting BMX facility to complement the other phases of work. This will be an important addition to the work already carries out.